The Fair Deal Panel is consulting Albertans on how best to define and secure a fair deal for Alberta. They're exploring ideas that give us a bigger voice within the federation, increase our power over areas of provincial jurisdiction, and advance our vital economic interests, such as building energy pipelines.
Albertans are frustrated with the federal government and the barriers they're imposing on our economy. We've been the biggest contributing province to Canada’s prosperity by far, but some provinces that are profiting from our resources now seem determined to landlock our industries.
Alberta isn't asking for a special deal, just a fair one.
Your feedback will be used to inform the panels’ recommendations to the Government of Alberta.
The Fair Deal Town Hall will be on December 11 at the Heritage Pavilion, Exhibition Park in Lethbridge. Seating is limited. Please register to save a spot. Doors open at 6:00 pm, with the town hall starting promptly at 6:30 pm.
Additional town halls and other ways to get involved will be posted on the website: FairDeal.ca
On Nov. 8, MLA Joseph Schow of Cardston-Siksika held a Justice for Alberta town hall meeting in Vulcan, AB.
The discussion centered around the frustration that Albertans have with the federal government and the barriers being placed in the way of Alberta’s economy.
Recent public opinion surveys suggest that as many as one third of Albertans support the concept of separating from the Canadian federation, and that three quarters of Albertans understand or sympathize with this sentiment.
Many Albertans who indicate support for federalism are demanding significant reforms that will allow the province to develop its resources, and play a larger role in the federation, commensurate with the size of its economy and contribution to the rest of Canada.
“Alberta has been by far the biggest contributing province to Canada in recent decades, and a huge engine for jobs and growth,” said Premier Jason Kenney on Nov. 9. “But governments that have profited from our resources, hard work, and generosity now seem determined to pin us down and block us in.”
“Albertans aren’t asking for a special deal. We’re just asking for a fair deal. And our government will do everything within our power to get it.”
MLA Schow decided that after the results of the Federal election, that public consultation on the issue should be addressed as soon as possible within the constituency.
Those in attendance had ideas on how to advance the province’s interests. They discussed creating an Alberta Pension Plan by withdrawing from the Canada Pension Plan and establishing a provincial police force by ending the Alberta Police Service Agreement with the Government of Canada.
Provincially, the government created The Fair Deal Panel, with a mandate to listen to Albertans and their ideas for Alberta’s future. The Panel should focus on ideas that would strengthen our province’s economic position, give us a bigger voice within Confederation, or increase provincial power over institutions and funding in areas of provincial jurisdiction.
The Panel will conduct public consultations between November 16 and January 30, 2019. A completed report will be given to the government on March 31, 2020.
After many long days and nights sitting in legislature, the UCP government passed Bill 8- the Education Amendment Act, making life better for students, parents, and teachers.
The Bill allows the government to work with parent, teachers, principals, and trustees to make Alberta’s schools the diverse, excellent classrooms that all Albertans desire and deserve.
The government affirms that parents have primary responsibility for the education of their children, and that parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Cardston-Siksika MLA Joseph Schow was adamant on seeing the Bill pass as many of his constituents expressed their concerns with the NDP’s take on education.
“I think Bill 8 is a measure to ensure kids stay with school. That was a promise we made to all Albertans in the election campaign. All Albertans who go to school deserve a safe environment where they can learn and get a good education and prepare themselves for the next phase of their life. I think Bill 8 certainly reinforces that,” said Schow.
Under the NDP, class sizes in Alberta increased and test scores declined. Unlike the NDP’s curriculum review, conducted largely in secret, the Education Act resulted from years of widespread public consultation.
The UCP government believes that curriculum reform should begin by determining the key knowledge and skills that Alberta students should possess by the time of their high school matriculation, written in plain language that students, parents, and teachers can understand.
“What I have heard from my constituents is that they are very happy with Bill 8 and the direction we have chosen to go to ensure safety in school and to make sure school is a place where kids get a great education,” said Schow.
Cardston-Siksika MLA Joseph Schow’s summer was busy as he met with constituents, attended consultations and meetings with stakeholders, and attending numerous Heritage Day celebrations.
However, his priorities remained clear; continuing the work of the UCP government’s plan to get Albertans back to work.
Bill 2: The Open for Business Act was passed in legislature in July 2019. It includes changes to general holiday pay, overtime and labour relations. Bill 2 will help restore fairness and balance to the workplace and encourage job-creators to invest in Alberta.
Schow explained that balancing labour laws, restoring workplace democracy and incentivizing the creation of youth employment will ultimately make it easier for people to find not only jobs, but careers.
“The government doesn’t create jobs,” explained Schow. “The government creates an environment where job creators can come and do something spectacular. It’s something Albertans have been doing for generations. It’s something my ancestors did and it’s what people around the world and the country come to do.”
“With job creation at the centre of this government’s agenda, we have already put measures in place to ensure that it happens.”
Bill 3: The Job Creation Tax Cut was also passed in July 2019. It will lower the corporate tax rate from 12% to 8% over the next 4 years and at least 55,000 full-time private sector jobs will be created from this Bill.
Alberta now has the opportunity to be the most tax-competitive business jurisdiction within months and among the most attractive investment destinations in North America within a few years.
“Again, promise made, promise kept with the UCP. We had over a million people vote for us in the election for a very robust policy document. Supporting job creation was centric to that. The three-word slogan was jobs, pipeline and economy.”
Bill 4 was also passed at the end of June. Also known as the Red Tape Reduction Act, cuts unnecessary regulations by one-third and makes sure new regulations are free of red tape.
This act will also make it easier for people to get the government services they need and reduce the regulatory burden on job creators to encourage investment, boost Alberta’s competitiveness and get more Albertans back to work.
“My constituents are talking to me every day about little things to big things that the government can do to get out of their way to make things easier. We’re excited to move forward with that. We are doing consultations on a regular basis to make sure we get as much input from the public as possible. Frankly, it is their lives we are trying to make easier.”
Schow is looking to advocate for a plan to re-energize the oil and gas sector that will speed up approvals, cut red tape, unblock natural gas shipments, and support LNG exports.
“We want to support investment across the board in this province and diversify. There is no question that oil and gas have been a staple of Alberta’s economy. We want to ensure producers know this government is not going to be standing in their way. This government is not going to hit them with unexpected royalty reviews, isn’t going to implement some arbitrary tax on them like the NDP did with the carbon tax,” said Schow.
“We are keeping our promises and make sure Albertans feel like Alberta is the province they can come back to and stay in.”
Meet with Adrianna Lagrange, MLA Red deer North.
Wednesday, Sept 18 7-9pm